The Last Samurai (2003)

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The Last Samurai is a 2003 American epic drama film directed and co-produced by Edward Zwick, who also co-wrote the screenplay based on a story by John Logan. The film was inspired by a project developed by writer and director Vincent Ward. Ward became executive producer on the film – working in development on it for nearly four years and after approaching several directors (Coppola, Weir), he interested Edward Zwick. The film production went ahead with Zwick and was shot in Ward’s native New Zealand.

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The film begins in the summer of 1876, introducing Captain Nathan Algren (Tom Cruise), a disenchanted ex-United States Army captain and an alcoholic, who is traumatized by his experience fighting in the Civil War and the Indian Wars. In the years following his army service, Algren makes his living by relating war stories to gun show audiences in San Francisco, an experience which further hampers his mental state. Fed up with Algren's perpetual drunkenness, his employer fires him, forcing Algren to accept an invitation by his former commanding officer Colonel Bagley (Tony Goldwyn), whom Algren deeply hates and blames for his waking nightmares after his role in the massacring of Indians. Bagley approaches him with an offer on behalf of a Japanese businessman, Mr. Omura (Masato Harada), to help the new Meiji Restoration government train the new Western-style Imperial Japanese Army. Assisting them are Algren's old army colleague Sergeant Zebulon Gant (Billy Connolly) and Simon Graham (Timothy Spall), a British translator with a deep interest in the samurai.



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Winchester Rep

Winchester Rep Assistant

Ray Godshall Sr.
Convention Hall Attendee

Zebulon Gant

Colonel Bagley

Masashi Odate
Omura's Companion

Omura's Bodyguard

Simon Graham

Emperor Meiji

General Hasegawa

Satoshi Nikaido

Shintaro Wada
Young Recruit


Shun Sugata


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  • Tom Cruise - Sinema Magazine Cover [Turkey] (February 2004)
  • Tom Cruise - Total Film Magazine [United Kingdom] (October 2003)
  • Tom Cruise - Empire Magazine [United Kingdom] (February 2004)


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(watching the Imperial Army's target practice)
Algren: I suppose we should be grateful they're all firing in the same direction.
Zebulon Gant: Couldn't have put it better myself, sir.

Katsumoto: This is my son's village. We are deep in the mountains, and the winter is coming. You cannot escape.
Nobutada: Jolly Good.

Katsumoto: You do not have to die here.
Algren: I should have died so many time before.


Trailer for the movie The Last Samurai.
The Last Samurai (2003) - Official Movie Trailer

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